SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for 370Z in 2014

The 2014 Nissan 370Z receives minor exterior styling changes on the Nismo model such as the addition of red pinstripe accents, and new dark gray coloring to the front and rear fascia, lower side sills, side mirrors, and rear spoiler. Additionally, Magma Red replaces Solid Red in the car’s exterior color options...
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Overview

The 370Z is a two-seat sports car slotting under the GT-R supercar in Nissan’s lineup. It is sold as coupe or convertible, in Base, Sport, Touring, and Nismo grades, and exclusively with rear-wheel drive.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque in Base, Sport, and Touring grades, and 350 hp and 276 lb-ft in Nismo models, and is paired with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. Fuel economy is decent, with the EPA rating automatic coupes at 19/26 mpg city/highway while opting for the manual drops those numbers down to 18/26 mpg. Convertibles are slightly less fuel efficient at 18/25 mpg with the automatic, and 17/25 mpg with the manual.

Driving dynamics are where the 2014 370Z excels, with its powerful V-6, nimble handling, and “quick and perfectly weighted steering.” Its focus on performance doesn’t make it a viable daily driver due to its “stiff, go-kart-like ride,” which makes it punishing for long commutes. However, as a track car, the 370Z is a good choice since it allows drivers to push it to its limits and enjoy the car’s performance. The car’s powertrain is not as refined as some sports cars while the manual transmission adds “a lot of harshness and driveline resonance and lash.”

Inside, the 2014 370Z has a snug cabin for two but is made of quality materials that make it feel more upscale and livable. Being a sports car, practicality and comfort are not its strong suits with little to no storage spaces, a small trunk and punishing ride. Tech features such as a navigation system with a seven-inch screen shared with the full-size Maxima is available along with an eight-speaker Bose audio system.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think The 2014 Nissan 370Z is an excellent sports car with impressive performance and snug but well-designed cabin. In a review of a 2009 model, we noted that “body roll is well-checked” and that “the car reacts with utter ease when you pitch it into a corner,” commending the car’s superb handling and chassis tuning. With its $30,815 starting price (including destination), the 370Z provides a high level of performance for the money. Where the car falters is powertrain refinement: “The engine and transmission emit crude noises when pressed to their rev limits,” we said in one review. In the same review, we also highlighted that the Nismo model offers “absolutely no hint of performance improvement” over the other versions in the range, making it a less convincing proposition than the base, Sport, or Touring models.

You’ll Like

  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Excellent handling and steering
  • Well-built cabin

You’ Won’t Like

  • Coarse-sounding powertrain
  • Hard seats
  • Punishing ride

Key Competitors

  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ford Mustang
  • BMW 228i
  • Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S

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2014 370Z Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Player
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